A once in a lifetime experience!
Considered the largest living organism on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef stretches across 2300 km along the Queensland coastline in Australia. Owing to its age and rich diversity, this largest coral reef ecosystem in the world is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If facts and figures alone don’t impress you much, its immense beauty and splendidly rich colors will certainly win you over!
The entire expanse of the Great Barrier Reef, called the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, comprises about 3000 coral reefs, 300 coral cays, 600 continental islands, and some 150 inshore mangrove islands. It is home to about 1625 types of fish, over 30 species of dolphins and whales, 133 varieties of rays and sharks, 600 different soft and hard corals, over 100 jellyfish species, 500 species of worms, and some 3000 varieties of molluscs. And that’s not all that’s great about it! Extending across 14 degrees of latitude, the reef is a mix of shallow estuaries and deep oceans, with an average depth of 35 m and the continental slopes on the outer reefs reaching a depth of over 2000 m.
To give you an idea of just how massive this world heritage site is, put UK, Switzerland, and Holland together and they would still fall short of the 344, 400 km2 of this grand marine park! And this natural wonder can be admired from kilometers away from Earth as well! So now that we’ve got you all excited and ready to book your tickets to Queensland, let us also take you through the many ways in which you can explore this marvelous masterpiece!
By far the most popular way of getting face to face with life under water, snorkeling is easy in terms of effort and money. And if you happen to have a camera to carry along as you dive in to explore, you are in for some truly spectacular clicks!
This is the perfect option for those who wish to explore the depths of the reef. Needless to say, this requires proper training before you can qualify for the big dive. But once you do, it will be an experience you’ll probably rank all your future experiences against!
Sea Walk or Scuba Doo!
Put on your helmet and take a walk under water amidst fishes in myriad hues! How about manning your own submarine? Well, almost! Scuba Doo involves getting inside a 180-degree viewing window and cruising at speeds of up to 2.5 knots. Ready to do the Doo?
Stay aboard a dive boat
Yes! You can choose to live on a live boat for anything from three to fourteen nights and explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef area, which is home to all things big!
Ride a glass-bottom boat or go sailing!
Don’t fancy the idea of getting wet? Head for a tour of the shallow reefs on a glass-bottom boat or go for a classic sailing expedition across the reef!
Get into a submarine
This is the real deal! Head to Fitzroy Island and you can get into a submarine and dive into the depths of the ocean without the water touching you!
Take an aerial tour
How about a bird’s eye view of the natural wonder? Hop on a seaplane or take a helicopter ride to fathom the greatness of this humongous living structure!
Visit the Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium
The largest living coral reef aquarium in the world, the Reef HQ Aquarium takes you through a glass tunnel that offers mesmerizing views of the reef and it’s many inhabitants.